Watch: Booker T. Washington Students Take Part in Nationwide Tribute

Students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts took part in a celebration of the Netflix debut of late Pulitizer Prize-winning composer Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM! that showcased emerging teen performers and filmmakers.

The streaming service marked the release of the film adaptation of the musical — directed by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda — with a performance of the show’s finale, “Louder Than Words,” performed by students at Booker T. Washington, the Chicago School for the Arts, and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and New York’s TADA! Youth Theater.

The students created and produced their own rendition of the song, which was then edited into one video.

“I got my start in my school’s performing arts program. These programs are vital, not only to the entertainment industry, but to our culture,” said Miranda in the introduction of the video. “It’s important for us to celebrate the next generation of actors, singers, and performers. So in the spirit of reaching for the stars and pursuing your dreams, we invited schools across the country to celebrate the debut of tick, tick…BOOM! on Netflix.”

The film adaptation of the musical debuted on Nov. 19 on Netflix after a Nov. 12 theatrical release.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at

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